June 17, 2003
Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, citizens of our community, my report this evening reflects just a few of the many events that have occurred in recent weeks and some of the accomplishments of our students and staff.
Our school system has held 13 graduation exercises during the past week. More than 50,000 family members and friends have gathered at the Pavilion in the past few days to honor the four thousand, eight hundred and fifty students who earned diplomas. To date, the Class of 2003 has earned $11,611,81.67 in scholarships, with additional awards coming in daily. Congratulations to the VBCPS Class of 2003 and our best wishes for their continued success.
Our school system has had the distinct honor of being selected as one of four school divisions, from across the nation, to receive an award from SRA McGraw for exemplary implementation of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum. Elementary math coordinator, Judy Fisher accepted the award in San Antonio, Texas in April.
Our school division adopted Everyday Mathematics as a research-based math curriculum for K-5, three years ago, as part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's math improvement plan. Since the program was adopted in 1999, math SOL scores for students in grades 3 and 5 have increased an average of 20 points.
The First Colonial High School Band was recently selected to perform at the 2003 Virginia Arts Festival. Their all-jazz concert, entitled "A Sea of Music" featured the Turtle Island String Quartet and was performed at the Virginia Marine Science Museum.
Our school system was recently recognized with a Certificate for Commitment to Performance Excellence through the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA) for Virginia program. This level of recognition is provided to organizations that have demonstrated notable progress in building sound processes through commitment and implementation of effective management principles using solid approaches and sound plans and procedures.
Several congratulations are in order . . .
Hats off to students at Trantwood Elementary for their success in the Worldwide Stock Market Game (SMG) sponsored by the Virginia Council of Economic Education. Trantwood's teams were state portfolio winners, making profits of 52,533, $43,290, $29,869, and 27,675 in a depressed market! Trantwood's teams had portfolios valued at over $140,000 and were advised by Jane Barrett, Kathy Dungan, and Beth Wik. Trantwood students were honored at a luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in May and by the Virginian Pilot in June.
Congratulations to Joseph Natale and Keith Lyston, Landstown High School, who were one of only 6 teams in the nation to be invited to the West Point Military Academy in New York to compete in the finals of the West Point Bridge Design Competition. They each won a Dell Laptop Computer and the opportunity to meet with engineers from the military and private sectors.
Congratulations to Marva Edwards, Guidance Counselor at Seatack Elementary, for receiving a Sustainer's Award from Community Housing Partners, on behalf of Seatack Elementary, for her work with the Friendship Village SOL tutoring and after school homework assistance program.
Kudos to Karen O' Meara, Coordinator in Organizational Development, for receiving the title of "Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Education," during Regent University's spring commencement exercises.
Congratulations to students in the practical nursing program at the Tech Center who won their competitive events at the HOSA (Health Occupations' Students of America ) state leadership conference in Roanoke. Myra Dipasupil placed first in the knowledge test for Nutrition and Candies Armstrong placed first in the Extemporaneous Speaking category. First place HOSA Bowl winners were Amy Barbour, Holly Bennett, Lisa Deering, and JulieAnn Kelley. The students are taught by Bobbi Anderson, Practical Nursing Teacher at the Tech Center, who has recently received additional accolades herself. Ms. Anderson has been named "Outstanding Vocational Educator" by HOSA for her contributions to Health Occupations Education.
I recently had the distinct pleasure of personally congratulating Christina Adkison, Princess Anne High School, for receiving a $25,000 scholarship as a National Winner in the Science, Business & Technology Studies category of the Discover Card Tribute Program, sponsored by Discover Card in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators. This program recognizes high school juniors for their accomplishments in the areas of leadership, obstacles overcome, special talents, and community service. Congratulations are also in order for Julie Petro and Maryann Li , both of Princess Anne High School, for being named state winners in this program.
Congratulations to National WordMasters Challenge top scorers from VBCPS. WordMasters annually recognizes the top 12 teams in the nation and at our last meeting you may recall, we recognized the teams and individuals who placed first and second. Tonight, I'd like to congratulate:
Congratulations to Grace Sawyer, Administrative Office Associate in the Office of Transportation Services, for being named 2003 Virginia Beach Educational Office Professional of the Year by the Virginia Beach Association of Educational Office Professionals. Ms. Sawyer has been employed by VBCPS since 1984 and has worked at Lynnhaven Middle and Corporate Landing Elementary, prior to joining the Office of Transportation Services.
- The NewCastle Fourth Grade WordMasters Challenge Team that placed 3rd in the nation in the Blue Division. They were competing against 39,520 students in 778 teams. The NewCastle team was coached by Angelique Massey.
- Hats off to Providence Elementary Third Graders who placed 4th in the Nation in this year's WordMasters Competition. They were competing against 28,640 students in 583 teams. Four second graders were also included on this successful team that was coached by Melissa Knight, Patty Reedy and Betty Meredith.
- Congratulations to Old Donation Center Fifth Grade WordMasters Challenge Team who placed 5th in the Nation in the Gold Division, competing against 8,700 students in 304 teams. The ODC team is coached by Doreen Sheler and Lynn Elliott.
- Kudos to the Providence Elementary Fifth Grade WordMasters Challenge Team who placed 12th in the nation in the Gold Division, competing against 8,700 students in 304 teams. This team was coached by Melissa Knight, Michele Clements, and Carmen Wondergem.
The VBAEOP also recognized Mrs. Laynee Timlin, director of community relations, as the Administrator of the Year. Laynee joined the school system in 1976 and was a speech/language pathologist before joining the department of media and communications development as partnership coordinator.
Mr. Chairman, this concludes my report for this evening.